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Champions League quarter-final round-up

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The Champions League quarter-final first legs continued on Wednesday night. It was a good night for Barcelona who won 3-1 at PSG, while Portuguese side FC Porto recorded a shock 3-1 victory at home to German giants Bayern Munich.

Shock

Bayern Munich went into their last eight tie with Porto as overwhelming favourites to progress. However, the Bavarians were in for a shock. The home side took the lead after just three minutes through a penalty from winger Ricardo Quaresma.

It got even better for the home side on ten minutes, as Quaresma raced through the Bayern defence and slotted home his second of the game. Half-way through the first half the visitors got back in the game as Spanish international Thiago scored his first ever Champions League goal from close-range.

The Portuguese scored their third of the game on 65 minutes. Bayern centre-back Dante misjudged a clearance, Jackson Martinez was then left one-on-one with Manuel Neuer and the Colombian made no mistake with his effort.

The victory gives the Portuguese side a narrow lead to take to the Allianz Arena for the second leg of the tie.

Outclassed

French club PSG were outclassed by Barcelona, with the Catalan giants winning 3-1 at the Parc Des Princes. The opening goal arrived on 18 minutes. The visitors broke on the counter-attack, as Lionel Messi played a through ball to Neymar, who coolly fired past Salvatore Sirigu in the PSG goal.

The visitors got a second goal on 67 minutes courtesy of a piece of brilliant skill from Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan put the ball through David Luiz’s legs, before beating two more PSG defender and firing a powerful effort into the corner of the net.

Suarez bagged his brace on 79 minutes. The Uruguayan played a one-two with Jeremy Mathieu, before again playing the ball through Luiz’s and producing a stunning effort into the top corner of the net.

PSG gave themselves a slight glimmer of hope in the tie on 82 minutes, as Mathieu diverted Gregory van der Wiel’s effort past his own keeper. The goal may count for very little in terms of the tie, as PSG still need to win by three goals in the second leg.

Can Bayern Munich recover the two goal deficit in the quarter-final second leg?

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